noun \ˌre-fə-ˈren-dəm\

: an event in which the people of a county, state, etc., vote for or against a law that deals with a specific issue : a public vote on a particular issue

plural ref·er·en·da\-də\ or ref·er·en·dums

Full Definition of REFERENDUM

a :  the principle or practice of submitting to popular vote a measure passed on or proposed by a legislative body or by popular initiative
b :  a vote on a measure so submitted
:  a diplomatic agent's note asking for government instructions

Examples of REFERENDUM

  1. The issue was decided by referendum.


New Latin, from Latin, neuter of referendus, gerundive of referre to refer
First Known Use: 1847

Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism

Rhymes with REFERENDUM


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